Neon Indian is the brainchild of Alan Palomo, who's 2009 debut record Psychic Chasms not only earned the 20 year-old a spot on numerous year-end lists, but assisted the forming of a genre that, though known by a few names now (hypnagogic pop, glo-fi, chillwave), summoned a very unique and specific electro-mangled sound.
Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and SPIN all praised Palomo for his adventurous new sound, and he was tapped to perform at top festivals like South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch and also scored opening slots for bands ranging from Massive Attack and The Flaming Lips to Phoenix and Chromeo. With 2009’s Psychic Chasms, Neon Indian lived up to the hype generated by the project’s early singles, thanks to Palomo’s hazy but hooky swirl of disco, electro, dream, and synth pop. By the time of 2015’s Vega Intl. Night School, he switched to a palette of funk, new wave, and reggae, but held onto Neon Indian’s gift for balancing heady atmospheres with catchy songwriting.